Root Canals

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Dr. Woods performs root canal therapy to repair and save a tooth that’s either badly decayed or has become infected. Root canal therapy is a treatment for the pulp of a tooth, which results in the elimination of infection. It also protects the tooth from future infection.

Dr. Woods has completed thousands of root canal procedures. His goal is to save the tooth wherever possible and avoid extraction.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures performed. Root canal therapy can save your tooth when decay has already damaged it or will do so.

The therapy is performed by removing the tissue from the center of your tooth and scaling the area. This can prevent a painful infection from developing in the pulp and spreading to the jaw. Root canal therapy can also treat an infection that’s developed in an abscessed tooth.

Under normal circumstances, a tooth treated by Dr. Woods with root canal therapy can last you many years!

Depending on the tooth, a root can have one or more canals in it. Molars can have four or more canals that may require treatment.

X-rays will be taken to see the exact condition of the tooth.

X-rays will be taken to see the exact condition of the tooth.

If you have any symptoms of needing a root canal (see below under “Signs of needing a Root Canal”), or if you have already been diagnosed as needing a root canal and would like a second opinion from Dr. Woods, just call to schedule an appointment, or make your appointment online.

To make an appointment, call 410-647-1800 or click here to request an appointment online.

High Tech Root Canal therapy

We take panoramic digital X-rays to determine the depth and shape of the root canal and if the surrounding bone is infected.

We gently clean out the infected or damaged pulp using a rotary instrument. We then disinfect the canals and fill them with a strong protective sealant to protect against bacteria.

Often the tooth has been weakened as a result of the infection and a crown may be required.

Signs of needing a Root Canal

If you have constant pain in a tooth and it’s sensitive to hot and cold, that’s a good sign you need a root canal.

Depending on the severity of the infection, you may also notice:

  • Pain when you chew or when any pressure is applied to the tooth
  • Swelling of your jaw and the glands of your neck
  • A pimple on the gum which drains liquid, pus or blood
  • Inflamed gum tissue
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Bad breath, no matter how many times you brush

These symptoms may be signs of an abscess, an infection which will continue to grow and spread into the surrounding tissues.

Because this is a fairly routine procedure, we will be able to complete your root canal with little or no discomfort to you, resulting in a restored tooth that will last for years.

To make an appointment, call 410-647-1800 or click here to request an appointment online.